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Dear Editor,

In reference to the article of Feb. 8, “Still time to change GAPP design,” I’d like to offer my view on the GAPP. Grand Avenue has lost its ability to offer what I believe a main street in any town offers. That is, a focal place for socialization, support and exchange.

Reading about putting down a 30-year concrete road brings up some questions for me.



Doesn’t that lock us into 82 through Glenwood Springs remaining a state highway for another 30 years? What about the loss of funds directed toward another pathway for Highway 82?

What about a start on an environmental impact study for a new placement of Highway 82?



I fancy the idea of Cottonwood Pass, but also favor any modern idea of reinventing the way we move people through Glenwood Springs.

In closing I oppose the GAPP design in present form. I say yes to new ideas and working toward goals to relieve the pressure on Grand Avenue.

P.S. I agree with Cheryl Guay’s letter of Feb. 2. I don’t see any potholes in the road either. I have to wonder if the Colorado Department of Transportation’s authority isn’t based on conventional thinking, policy and routine.

Thank you,

Jennifer Vanian

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Noting the lively debate regards global warming in these pages, I commend to those interested an authoritative article in the March issue of Scientific American. Careful reading convinces that warming is not a specter of our political or scientific imagination but rather a genuine threat.

This should concern us all because, ultimately, the impact of global warming is not under our control. The genie is out of the bottle; of necessity, the world will be using carbon-based fuels for the next century as underdeveloped nations reach economic parity with the United States, matching our standard of living. It is the populations of China, the Indian subcontinent, South America and Africa that will determine much of our environmental fate.

The scope of this issue is global in nature and it will take global political unity to deal with it. To date, the world has a poor track record of dealing with global threats (e.g. nuclear proliferation, biological weapons, terrorism, disease and overpopulation).

Nations such as ours should take the political and technological lead in developing methodology for the non-destructive use of carbon fuels. Sequestering the unwanted carbon dioxide from combustion is within the realm of practicality, yet little is being done. We have lived at the top of the world’s food chain for 150 years or so ” call it noblese oblige or call it enlightened self interest, but isn’t it time for our nation to become a true world citizen and deliver a solution to this dilemma to the community of nations?

Michael Larime

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I was sitting in my nice warm kitchen this morning reading the Post Independent about “Gas panel meeting draws hundreds” and the outside thermometer showed zero degrees.

It is obvious that there were some at the meeting who were very opposed to the development of our natural gas resource, which Garfield County has been so blessed with. It’s a marvelous, vast resource of natural gas.

Where the so-called environmentalists are deeply opposed to the development of natural gas, I was impressed that none of them volunteered to give up the natural gas heating of their homes. They could go back to our coal and woodburning era.

To suggest that the drilling of wells will permanently damage the natural beauty of our glorious country is wrong. Have you ever visited the pretty beach town of Long Beach in California? Much of it was once an oil field. Now look at it.

Or the thought that our wildlife will be hurt is totally wrong. You have only to see caribou huddling up to the Alaskan pipeline to keep warm, to know that wild animals are very adaptable.

The suggestion that drilling should be limited to one well on each 640 acres is also extremely absurd. We need to extract the absolute maximum of our great resource.

And remember some 25 percent of the appraised value of Garfield County is represented by our natural gas industry. What a blessing to have that resource!

Sincerely yours,

Richard T. Moolick

Dear Editor,

KDNK public radio, like many organizations these days, faces financial challenges. To provide a strong signal to a wider area and meet the challenges presented by outside radio interests in this pivotal time, we have identified some ambitious fund-raising goals, coupled with targeted expense reductions for 2004.

We will grow revenue by 20 percent through expanding our underwriting sales and membership. We must also reduce our operating budget, forcing us to choose between competing priorities ” music programming, technology needs, fund-raising, local news, broadcasting professionalism, nurturing our extraordinary talent base ” an extraordinarily difficult process. This resulted in an 8 percent across-the-board cut in non-employee costs.

Unfortunately, even these measures fell short and we were forced to take a close look at the largest expenditure at KDNK, staff compensation, which led to an elimination of the music director position and general salary freeze. Until our revenue picture looks brighter, music director functions will be fulfilled by a part-time music librarian and a reliance on volunteer expertise to maintain our programming excellence.

A painful result of these budget cuts is that longtime music director Skip Naft has moved on. Skip’s legacy is the station’s fantastic sound and impressive music catalog. We are deeply grateful for his countless contributions. He will be sorely missed.

KDNK will emerge from these challenges stronger and more vital than ever. Please join us in celebrating and supporting the vital community resource we all enjoy in KDNK.

Sloan Shoemaker, KDNK board president

Basalt


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